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Afcon 2021: Ghana vs Gabon Preview - Kick-off time, TV channel, squad news

15:08 GMT+3 14/01/2022
Kamaldeen Sulemana Ghana
The Black Stars will look to bounce back against The Panthers following an opening day loss to Morocco

Undoubtedly, Ghana will have just one mission on their mind when they walk out of the tunnel for their match against Gabon at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon on Friday.

On Monday, the Black Stars suffered disappointment in the commencement of their quest for a possible fifth Afcon title as they succumbed to a 1-0 defeat to Morocco in Group C’s matchday action.

The next game provides a rather prompt opportunity to get back on track as pressure is beginning to mount not only on the team as a collective, but also on their big stars.

Gabon, meanwhile, will look to make it two wins in a row against Ghana following their 1-0 matchday one victory over debutants Comoros.

Another set of three points at Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in the Cameroonian capital of Yaounde will firmly confirm The Panthers’ place in the Round of 16 with a match to spare.

GameGhana vs Gabon
DateFriday, January 14
Time19:00 GMT

TV Channel, Live Score & How To Watch

Online StreamingTV Channel Now App GOtv Select 2, SuperSport Maximo 2, SuperSport Football Plus, Canal+ Sport 1

StarTimes ON App

StarTimes World Football, GTV/GTV Sports Plus, GHOne TV, Omy TV, ETV Ghana, Obonu TV

Squads & Team News

Ghana suffered a bit of scare on Wednesday when captain Andre Ayew sat out training.

His absence, it later emerged, was on precautionary ground, and it was such a big relief when the Al Sadd attacker returned to practice on Thursday.

Real Tamale United forward David Abagna is, however, a doubt for the Gabon showdown after picking up a knock during Thursday’s session.

Ajax playmaker Mohammed Kudus is still yet to link up with the Ghana squad from the Netherlands despite earlier media reports of his expected arrival on Wednesday.

Gabon have received a massive boost ahead of the Ghana duel by the return of star striker and talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to training.

The former Arsenal captain missed The Panthers’ group opener after testing positive for Covid-19 and being forced to isolate.

He is now expected to lead the lines, taking off pressure from Al-Arabi ace Aaron-Salem Boupendza, who had to step up to the occasion with the all-important goal against Comoros.

Former Juventus and Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina is expected to control The Panther’s midfield.

Match Preview

Friday’s encounter will be Ghana and Gabon’s first ever meeting at the Africa Cup of Nations tournament.

In their last five Afcon group stage games, the Black Stars have won just one of their matches, losing two and drawing two.

Clearly, things do not look too good for the four-time tournament champions but striker Richmond Boakye-Yidaom believes they will rise against the odds.

“The [target] in camp is solely to get a win against Gabon. We have been training very hard and we know what is in front of us and we know what is expected of us back home from 30 million people,” said the Israel-based frontman at the pre-match press conference on Thursday.

“Whatever happened against Morocco is behind us and we are now focusing on the game against Gabon where we need to take the three points.”

Gabon, meanwhile, are not looking to let in any goal for what will see the side keep clean sheets in their opening two Afcon matches for the first time since 2010 (W1 D1).

“We know that a win takes us through to the Round of 16 but that is added motivation. The main thing is to be motivated to play against a great nation like Ghana,” said Gabon attacker Johann Obiang at the pre-match presser.

“We will prepare like we always do and we will put everything and give a good account of ourselves.”

Should he score against the Black Stars, Boupendza will become the third Gabon player to net more than once in a single Afcon edition, after Brice Mackaya in 1996 (2) and Aubameyang (3) in 2012 and 2 in 2017).